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/ fəˈreɪ mən /
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noun, plural fo·ram·i·na [fuh-ram-uh-nuh]. /fəˈræm ə nə/.
an opening, orifice, or short passage, as in a bone or in the integument of the ovule of a plant.
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Origin of foramen
1665–75; <Latin forāmen hole, opening, equivalent to forā(re) to bore2 “pierce” + -men resultative noun suffix
OTHER WORDS FROM foramenfo·ram·i·nal [fuh-ram-uh-nl], /fəˈræm ə nl/, adjective
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How to use foramen in a sentence
Foraminal tubule stout, cylindrical, usually somewhat contorted; its orifice irregular in outline.
The foraminal tubules are usually long and bent, but are sometimes very short and quite straight.
British Dictionary definitions for foramen
/ (fɒˈreɪmɛn) /
noun plural -ramina (-ˈræmɪnə) or -ramens
a natural hole, esp one in a bone through which nerves and blood vessels pass
Derived forms of foramenforaminal (fɒˈræmɪnəl), adjective
Word Origin for foramen
C17: from Latin, from forāre to bore, pierce
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Scientific definitions for foramen
[ fə-rā′mən ]
Plural foramina (fə-răm′ə-nə) foramens
An opening or short passage, especially in the body.♦ The large opening in the base of the skull through which the spinal cord passes is called the foramen magnum (măg′nəm).♦ The opening in the septum between the right and left atria of the heart, present in the fetus but usually closed soon after birth, is the foramen ovale (ō-văl′ē, -vā′lē, -vä′-).
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